Founder and CEO of AZUL Brazilian Airlines David G. Neeleman and other aviation luminaries will be honored at the Greater Miami Aviation Association’s 90th Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Trump National Doral Miami Resort at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Neeleman, who is an aviation entrepreneur, will receive the Juan Trippe Award. Mr. Neeleman has founding airlines in his blood as he has founded Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue and now AZUL. He also is co-owner of TAP Portugal. The Juan Trippe Award recognizes the significant contributions made by an individual to the development of international aviation. He will be presented the award by another aviation founder, 2016 Juan Trippe Award recipient Robert Korn, co-founder of Apollo Aviation. Mr. Korn also will present $5,000 to the GMAA towards the group’s scholarship fund.

Other awardees include:

– Amin J. Khoury, Chairman & CEO of KLX and former Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of B/E Aerospace for the Wright Brothers Memorial Award. KLX will present $10,000 towards the GMAA scholarship fund.
– Dr. Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College for the Glenn Curtis Award
– Pan Am International Flight Academy for the Corporate Achievement

In addition, 23 students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Memorial University, Broward College, Lynn University, Miami-Dade College and George T. Baker Technical College will be provided between $2,500 and $10,000 scholarships and type rating training, under the George T. Bachelor Scholarship Fund, totaling $90,000, and a $2,000 Timothy Perseverance scholarship. Over the past four years the GMAA has provided over $300,000 in scholarships to local young aviators.

The Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA), was established in 1927 and is one of the largest and oldest Civic and Business Aviation organizations in the Americas. GMAA works in concert with other organizations, industry leaders, government and civic leaders to ensure professional, ethical positive action programs are implemented in matters relating to the Aviation and Aerospace industries.